Category Archives: Toyota Prius

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Debut Shocks New York

The latest and greatest Toyota Prius launched at the 2016 New York International Auto Show to much awe from the crowd. Known as the Prius Prime, this plug-in hybrid offers better range, increased fuel efficiency, and more features than the previous model. Needless to say, the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime debut made every green driver’s dream come true.

Just two years ago, the Prius has an electric-only range of 11 miles on a full charge. In addition to that small distance, it lacked quite a few features. Now, the latest Prius proves Toyota takes customer input into account.

The Prius Prime comes with double the range, 22 miles on a full charge, of its predecessor. When the electric motor and gasoline engine work together, fuel economy comes to more than an EPA-estimated120 mpge.

This time around, the hybrid is powered by an 8.8-kWh battery pack that pushes out 127 hp. When the Prius runs on the electric motor alone, it can hit a top speed of 84 mph. Even better, the battery can be charged at any home AC outlet. It can take up to five and a half hours for the battery to reach a full charge.

We here at Haddad Toyota are hyped to see the latest Prius hitting the markets!

Next Generation Toyota Prius Draws From Racer

2014 Toyota Prius
The next generation Toyota Prius will look to borrow fuel economy features from Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid Le Mans race car which just make might it the coolest hybrid around.

Want great gas mileage and an exciting ride? Well, the next generation Toyota Prius might just be the car you’re looking for. Due out in 2016, the next generation Toyota Prius will have parts that are currently being tested in its performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans race car. Yes, a race car. While the President of the Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Yoshiaki Kinoshita has yet to release just what these parts are, we can’t help but be excited to think of the high-level performance capabilities that will be included in the next Prius.

Of course, these parts are probably the ones which are being used to improve fuel efficiency in the racer since the new FIA World Championship rules went into place which have put an emphasis on fuel economy in the racing segment. However, all of us here at Haddad Toyota figure that if these parts are good enough for the TS040 racer, they are good enough for us. Learn more about the next generation Toyota Prius and the exciting new Toyota technology in development for it here at Haddad Toyota’s blog as we will keep you up-to-date on all the latest Toyota news.

Want A Hybrid? Then You Want A Toyota Hybrid

Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota’s dedication to green technology goes beyond the Prius. They have not only developed other Toyota hybrid models for the Camry, Avalon, and Highlander, but are going to be among the first to mass produce a Fuel Cell Vehicle.

The Toyota Prius burst onto the scene in 1997 in Japan and onto the US market in 2000. Since then, Toyota has sold over 7 million hybrid vehicles! This impressive number is indicative of two things. One, the world has gotten more environmental conscious since the days of driving a gas chugging, full-sized SUV, and two, Toyota really knows what it’s doing when it comes to hybrids.

While the Prius is the biggest seller for Toyota, with its four models selling over 405,000 vehicles in 2013, it is by no means the only hybrid that Toyota, or all of us at Haddad Toyota, offer. We also have the Camry, Avalon, and Highlander hybrids in case you still want to cash in on that great fuel economy with a little more room or with a little more anonymity than driving a Prius.

Toyota also has some exciting news coming up for the future with their first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle going on sale in Europe next summer and hopefully making its way to the United States soon after all. For all things Toyota, and all things related to Toyota Hybrids, be sure to check back with us each week for an exciting new post!

New Race Track Record From the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid conquered the Nordschleife Grand Prix race track to show the difference a truly fuel efficient vehicle can make in your daily commute.

Ever heard of the Nürburgring Nordschleife Grand Prix race track known as “The Green Hell” due to its steep hills and sharp turns? Well, this is a race track about 75 miles northwest of Frankfurt, Germany and the Grand Prix style track is widely known to be a part of the motorsport racing events as a safe and modern racing track.

While Toyota has loved racing around this track in the past, they decided to do things a little differently this time around. Toyota took the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid out for a spin. The goal of this run, unlike the runs most often made around this track, wasn’t to be the fastest. In fact, the idea behind it was to see how long the Toyota Prius Plug-In could make it on one tank of gas.

The driver behind this race was Joe Clifford, an automotive journalist. He almost exclusively used the Prius’s electric powertain and only switched over to gasoline for a few of the more brutal up hills on the track. While Clifford maintained an average speed of about 40 miles per hour to help improve efficiency, his trip around the Nordschleife track still did prove a point – it’s possible to get to work or run errands using almost no gasoline.

Check out the video below and let us at Haddad Toyota know what you think of the all new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid!

No Power, No Problem: Power Your Home with Your Prius

Toyota Prius in Snow
When the weather took a turn for the worse, one ingenius man decided to use his Prius to power his house.

What do you do when your house loses electricity? Do you hunker down and get your wood-fire place going, buddle up under some blankets, or go to your friend or family member’s house until your power comes back on?  None of these solutions were good enough for one man, Bob Osemlak, who decided he wasn’t going to let a little weather and the loss of power stop him.  He decided to find a way to keep his power working.

Osemlak lives in Thornhill, Ontario, an area which lost power for about a day on December 21st of 2013. Osemlak, a 30-year Canadian Air Force aircraft technician veteran, decided to use his Prius for back-up power.

 

Osemlak planned for the power outage by first installing an outlet on his furnace. Once the storm hit and he did lose power, he connected a cord from his basement to his Prius. He used his car as his back-up power source for 9-hours and only lost about a gallon of gas.

For safety reasons, Osemlak urges others to not try to duplicate his experiment and power your home with your Prius, but for him, the Toyota Prius’ battery back gets two thumbs up.